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When should men see a doctor for urinary incontinence?

In regards to the lower urinary tract, there are three major causes of urinary incontinence in men, not including neurological or psychiatric causes.

The first is urge incontinence, which is overactivity of the bladder muscles causing the bladder to contract and lead to sudden incontinence.

The second is stress incontinence, which is related to poor sphincter function in the urethra. With stress incontinence the urethra is unable to hold the urine in once the bladder is full. This can be secondary to things like trauma (including surgery) or nerve damage.

The third cause is overflow incontinence, which is related to incomplete emptying of the bladder when urinating. This leads to a fuller bladder, and when the urethral sphincter relaxes, urine can be released, causing leaking.

When suffering with incontinence it is important to remember that oftentimes people will have a mixed-cause incontinence, making it difficult to find the exact cause and treatment initially.

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